Mawlamyine is also recognized as Moulemein, a name given by the British colonial settlers. It is the capital of Mon State, situated at the mouth of the Thanlwin River (Salween River). Visitors to Mawlamyine are simply charmed at the scenic beauty and its temperate climate. The impression of post colonial decay is still palpable here as this town was an administration hub of British Raj in the early 19th century. It’s also a good-looking and tropical town with a ride of stupa-capped hills on one side and the sea on the others. Kyaitkami Pagoda, perched on the rocks by the sea and joined to the land by a covered causeway, is the main attraction. About 34 km from Mawlamyine is Thanbyuzayat, an Allied War Memorial Cemetery for the prisoners of war who lost their lives in the building of the famous Death Railway across the River Kwai.